Outlaw sorceress Kit lives on the fringes of society, practicing illegal magic to eke out a living. She watches with resignation as the magic on her harsh desert world becomes weaker and weaker every year. Her life changes forever when exiled starship pilot Darra Velasquez appears from a totally alien world, seemingly out of thin air. The two become embroiled in the deadly power struggles of two warring empires, who are eager to use Darra the alien as a political pawn. Their chance meeting sets events into motion that will upset millennia of history.